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Benicia Police Department
Thursday September 2nd, 2010 :: 07:02 a.m. PDT

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Off Duty Benicia Officer Foils Bank Robbery / Bank Robber Arrested

An alert off duty Benicia Police Officer spotted a vehicle that had been reported as possibly casing Benicia banks for a robbery, resulting in the arrest of a wanted bank robber and three others Wednesday morning.

Off duty Officer Sam Peterson called the Benicia dispatch center about 9:30 in the morning after spotting the vehicle drive by the front of a First Street bank police believe the suspects were checking out just two days earlier.

After calling the police center, responding patrol units found the vehicle as it was traveling on West Military at West 7th Street. Officers followed the vehicle onto eastbound 780 and pulled the vehicle over as it took Benicia's East 2nd Street off ramp. Arrested during the car stop were:

Kenneth Massey, 28 years old, from Bay Point. Massey was wanted on a federal warrant for three (3) counts of armed bank robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, use of a firearm during a crime of violence. He was booked into the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez after being turned over to the FBI.

Deangelo Clark, 24 years old, from Antioch; Davis Donte, 28 years old, from Antioch; Shemina Burkhardt, 25 years old, from Oakland: All three booked for attempted bank robbery and felony conspiracy to commit a crime. All three were booked by BPD into the Solano County Jail in Fairfield. Similar charges will be pursued against Massey via the Solano County DA's Office.

"Our community is a very safe one for a number of reasons," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said. "One reason is due to the efforts of our off duty officers while in our city. Officer Peterson was very aware that our banks were being looked at by a robbery team, remembered the vehicle description, and was very alert and diligent even off duty. Without his intervention, a bank robbery would have happened."

Any questions about this press release, please contact Lt. Mike Daley at (707)5909-4259 or reply by e-mail after 6 am on Thursday morning.

Below is a short summary and history of a series of events related to this arrest:

THE BENICIA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING WITH OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES REGARDING BANK ROBBERIES OCCURRING IN THE EASTBAY AND NORTHBAY. BENICIA EXPERIENCED A SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, AT THE UMPQUA BANK. TWO SUBJECTS WERE OBSERVED QUICKLY WALKING AWAY FROM THE AREA OF THE BANK. BANK EMPLOYEES CALLED THE BENICIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND REPORTED THE INCIDENT. THE AREA WAS CHECKED WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS. ABOUT 80 MINUTES LATER, AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO ROB THE UMPQUA BANK IN AMERICAN CANYON. THE TWO SUBJECTS IN AMERICAN CANYON MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECTS SEEN IN BENICIA.

ON MONDAY, AUGUST 30, A REPORT WAS MADE TO THE BENICIA POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT TWO MALES WERE SEEN RUNNING WEST ON THE NORTH SIDEWALK ON THE 100 BLOCK OF WEST "J" STREET. THIS WOULD BE AWAY FROM THE NEARBY BANK OF THE WEST, LOCATED AT WEST "J" AND FIRST STREET. WITHIN THE PAST TWO YEARS THIS BANK HAS BEEN ROBBED BY TWO MALES ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS. ANOTHER WITNESS ON MONDAY DESCRIBED TWO SUBJECTS WALKING THEN RUNNING IN THE ALLEY JUST WEST OF THE BANK. THE WITNESS THEN SAW A WHITE CADILLAC LEAVE THE ALLEY QUICKLY AND SPEED AWAY ONCE IT EXITED THE ALLEY. THE WITNESS OBTAINED A PARTIAL LICENSE PLATE NUMBER.

TODAY, 9-1-01, OFF-DUTY BENICIA POLICE OFFICER SAM PETERSON OBSERVED THE WHITE CADILLAC IN BENICIA, WHICH FIT THE DESCRIPTION OF THE CADILLAC SEEN ON MONDAY NEAR BANK OF THE WEST. HE WAS ON-DUTY ON MONDAY. HE CALLED THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER SEEING THE CAR AT THE INTERSECTION OF WEST J STREET AND FIRST ST., THE CORNER WHERE BANK OF THE WEST IS LOCATED.

HE FOLLOWED THE VEHICLE INTO THE SOLANO SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER WHERE HE LOST SIGHT OF IT. OFFICER SERGIO CRUZ LOCATED THE VEHICLE AND A STOP WAS MADE ON THE CAR NEAR EAST 2ND STREET AND HIGHWAY 780.

MASSEY, THE WANTED SERIAL BANK ROBBER, WAS LOCATED IN THE RIGHT REAR PASSENGER SEAT OF THE VEHICLE. HE WAS ARRESTED ON THE FEDERAL WARRANT. A BLACK REPLICA SEMI-AUTOMATIC HANDGUN WAS FOUND IN THE CAR.

WHILE ON THE STOP AND ARREST, EMPLOYEES' OF UMPQUA BANK IN BENICIA CALLED TO REPORT THEY BELIEVED THEIR BANK WAS JUST CASED BY A FEMALE WHO LEFT THE BANK AND ENTERED A WHITE CADILLAC. THE EMPLOYEE WAS DRIVEN BY THE SCENE AND POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED BURKHARDT AS THE FEMALE WHO A SHORT TIME EARLIER ENTERED THEIR BANK, RECEIVED CHANGE, AND LEFT VERY SUSPICIOUSLY.

IN SPEAKING WITH FBI AGENTS WHO RESPONDED TO BENICIA PD TO INTERVIEW THE SUSPECTS, IT WAS LEARNED THAT BANK ROBBERY CREWS HAVE UTILIZED FEMALES DURING THEIR BANK ROBBERIES RECENTLY IN OUR AREA.

"WE BELIEVE THE FOUR SUSPECTS WERE GOING TO ROB OUR UMPQUA BANK AND THEY WERE FOILED AFTER BEING SPOTTED BY OFFICER PETERSON AND THEN STOPPED BY OUR PATROL OFFICERS," LT. DALEY SAID.

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Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

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Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

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